Cozy Afternoon Block 3

It’s time for the third block of Jacquelynne Steves’ Cozy Afternoon BOM.  If you haven’t joined the fun, it’s not too late!  You’ll receive all of the previous block instructions as well as the current month.  You can sign up here.  Invite a friend and it will be twice as much fun!

This month’s block is another adorable tea cup centered in a pieced frame.

Cozy Afternoon BOM Block 3 by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


I had one of those “Wow” moments when I was following Jacquelynne’s instructions for this month’s block.  She has a really cool trick to make the type of units which are located in the corner squares (shown below).  It’s worth signing up for the BOM just to find out how Jacquelynne made this unit super easy and precise.

block 3 corner unit dashed


For the sides of this block, I strip-pieced the center rectangle and the squares together which improved my accuracy (and speed). I used a 3 1/2″ x 9″ rectangle for the center and two 2″ x 9″ rectangles on each side.

block 3 strip piecing


The applique turned out really well.  I used a small zig zag stitch to mimic the string of the tea bag.  I also used blue thread to stitch around the tea bag which is a great way to accent a color like yellow that might not have shown up well otherwise.

Cozy Afternoon BOM Block 3 by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

Cozy Afternoon BOM Block 3 by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


This block of the month is so much fun!  I love how it’s turning out.  If you missed my first two months, here they are all together on my design wall.

Cozy Afternoon BOM Block 3 by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


Jacquelynne has provided another generous giveaway this month.  You can win her Amelia Quilt & Round Pillow Pattern plus her Savannah Wool Runner pattern.  All you have to do is leave a comment here and tell me if you’ve ever tried applique before.  If so, which method do you prefer?  You have until midnight (Pacific time), July 19 to enter. Giveaway is now closed.

Giveaway for July- Cozy Afternoon Free BOM

You’ll have more chances to win the giveaway (now closed) if you visit the other featured bloggers and leave a comment on their blog.  It’s also fun to see what fabrics they’ve chosen to work with and any tips they might have.  Here’s the list of participating bloggers:

A Quilt and a Prayer
Lily Pad Quilting
Red Letter Quilts
The Crafty Quilter (that’s me!)
44th Street Fabric
Kathy’s Quilts

Thanks for visiting me today!

Cozy Afternoon BOM Block 3 by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


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About Julie Cefalu

Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

117 thoughts on “Cozy Afternoon Block 3

  1. Hey I love applique and love all forms of it.It depends on my mood which technique I fancy at that moment. But sometimes the amount of fabric I prefer to use for applique determines it cause smaller the piece makes the decision easier on the type of applique. Love all that you do and love this Bom. Thanks for this opportunity.

  2. I like your tea cup. Thank you for the tips on making the block. I’ve dome appliqué by hand, turning 0.25″ under as I went. It makes a tidy edge, but is very slow. I prefer appliqué by machine and usually use blanket stitch, but have used a narrow zig-zag stitch too.

  3. I love the look I get from the freezer paper applique. I enjoy doing hand applique but in a pinch will take it to the machine and finish it up really quick. I love using the different stitches on my machine.
    Your Blocks are so cute!!

  4. I hope to do all three versions of her quilt…I just love it! I usually do needle-turn applique or blanket-stitched machine applique….which is what I’ll use on this quilt.

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  5. I’ve done a tiny bit of fusible machine-applique and the envelope style of applique. Have never tried needle-turn applique.

  6. I machine applique most all of my appliques. I would love to do some needle turned, I feel it looks neater but I just don”t have the time, plus I have done a lot machine applique so I’m pretty good at it.

  7. I prefer the look of applique done by hand. However, there are some projects that just do not warrant that amount of effort so I use the fusible web, or the diluted liquid thread, and iron on the applique.

  8. Yes, I do mostly machine applique. I have done needle turn in the past, but life is too short and I want to complete some projects, lol.

  9. Your block is beautiful! Yes I have done applique by hand mostly just a little on the machine so I need more practice on the machine!

  10. I love appliqueing, I usually use fusible web and hand blanket stitch around the shape, but am trying my hand at needle turn, little apprehensive!

  11. I’ve done applique a few times using both the buttonhole stitch and the satin stitch on raw edge applique. I also did a small runner with poinsettia flowers and leaves doing the starch method of hand applique. I probably prefer the machine applique just because it goes faster!

  12. I’ve only done raw edge machine applique before. I’m reluctant to try needle-turn as I’m not much for hand work – it’s not my fave. I did do the ” To the Moon and Back” as a present for my most recent granddaughter. You can see it as my avatar on The or in their photo gallery.

  13. I love your blocks they are beautiful..I have appliqued before, I love using the satin stitch on my old sewing machine for doing applique that is my favorite, but I have also done hand applique I really depends on my frame of mind which one I use..

  14. my favorite method is to baste my piece to freezer paper, starch and press it and take the freezer paper out just before i pin it to my piece and hand stitch. looks like needle turned with less work, even with basting first, and portable. most of the time i use a window paned fusible and machine stitch with a straight stitch or blanket stitch….. faster but confining to the machine.

  15. I love appliqué! I have done several ways my favorite is needle turn but I like the way fusible makes it faster to get to the finished product.

  16. I’m still struggling with hand applique so I’m taking a year-long Baltimore Album class. Machine applique is much easier, & faster, for me.

  17. Unfortunately, my first appliqué attempt was a total failure! I definitely underestimated how difficult it would be to appliqué smaller, more intricate curves & edges- I was way out of my league! I absolutely love the look and versatility of appliqué, but an still very cautious about the shapes and patterns I choose to use!

  18. I love your color combinations for your blocks. I have done appliqué. I love hand appliqué and I am using hand appliqué for all my blocks in this BOM.

  19. I am making a baby quilt and doing fusible applique. Not sure yet what stitch I will use to finish it.
    Your blocks are beautiful. I haven’t started yet because I am making three quilts right now.

  20. Love the colors you are using. I have done hand appliqué, hawaiian appliqué, machine appliqué, reverse appliqué and fusible appliqué. Hmm. I think that’s it. I’ve been at this game for several years and I still love it.

  21. I appliqued by sewing machine several years ago. Now I’m doing it the easy way, using my embroidery machine.

  22. Yes, I’ve done applique, only machine applique. I have wrist problems and sewing by hand is painful, but there are lots of cute stitches you can use to tack down the appliques. I’d love to try more elegant ones you have to hand stitch…but not unless my wrist heals.

  23. I love the colors you’ve chosen for your blocks. I’ve done machine appliqué but I really like hand appliqué using wool felt.

  24. Just found your site. I like the way you use the orange color to form a secondary design. With your close-ups I now know what the zigzag size stitch should be. Thank you for a good closeup pictures.

  25. I am a fairly new quilter and I haven’t tackled applique yet, so I am not sure which method I will prefer. I’ll be trying some with this quilt (I’ve had a crazy busy few months so I am saving them until I have some time to breath…and quilt!).

  26. I love doing applique! I do raw edge most often but will sometimes make the extra effort and use fusible interfacing that rolls the edges once turned inside out. The second method is used for blocks that are going into an actual quilt as opposed to a smaller project.

  27. I love how your blocks are turning out. The color scheme you are using is really nice. My favorite appliqué is the same as you used – fusible raw edge with machine stitching.

  28. Each one of your blocks is adorable. I like applique and keep trying to perfect needle turn applique. I have done much more machine applique though.
    My grandmother did needle turn and I cherish the quilts that she made for me.

  29. Love your blocks. You inspire me with your color choices. Can’t wait to get started on mine (just looking for the right fabrics.) I have done a little machine applique before and it turned out very well. I will do the same for these, but I also would like to try the embroidery. Wish me luck. God Bless

  30. I love your block! I really like the colors too. I have not done much applique but am very excited to learn more about it. I am actually taking a class for it in a few weeks at my local quilt shop.

  31. Look at those blocks! They are look so summertime together. I like to appliqué by hand. I do not drive very straight using my machine! LOL

  32. Most exciting things for me right now….just finished the NW Shop Hop and have 45 new fabrics to play with!!!

  33. I love applique and I am trying all the methods I see on the internet blogs. I love fusible, but prefer the neat edges of turned either with needle or glue. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  34. I did applique in a BOM kit and was timid at first. But it turned out not to be that difficult after all. I’m not sure which method I prefer.

  35. I love to hand appliqué. I haven’t really tried machine applique yet and have only done hand appliqué once before. Love the colors you have for your BOM.

  36. Am inspired by your blocks – love the color choices. I like to do machine applique as its quicker although I did a class on hand applique and loved how it turned out.

  37. Your block is so nicely done and the fabrics are all beautiful together. I have tried needle turn applique and machine applique and I had such trouble with the needle turn that I prefer machine applique. I have to say though I am not giving up on needle turn as I still have the bonus blocks to finish from the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM.

  38. I love to applique and esp. now that I can do it on my new Bernina. thanks for the chance to win I love your work and b log.

  39. I love all your projects! They are so inspiring! I would love the get in on the June give away patterns, but hard as I try, I cannot seem to get to the right place.

  40. I love the way you make your block! Yes, I have done just about every kind of applique! Right now I’m doing the Edge Color Applique, but not on this cute quilt! I’d have to say the Edge Color Applique method is my favorite now because I love the thread painting you do to finish your edges!

  41. Your blocks are wonderful. As usual, I’m saving the instructions, but I haven’t found time to make them, yet. But seeing your three together makes me want to stop what I’m doing and get right to work!

  42. I love to do blanket stitch, by hand–love the look. If I am in a hurry, though I will do a raw edge machine blanket stitch.

  43. I do my best work with raw edge applique but I still need more practice. Wish I could do better with satin stitch.

  44. Love the way your blocks are coming together. This is the most that I have appliqued. I have done a few but not in a long time.

  45. I love to machine applique. Looking forward to retiring so I can try my hand at needleturn. What beautiful stitching on your block!

  46. LOve your photos nice and clear! I have done some needle turn but I am a little impatient with my stitch quality! 🙂

  47. I made my first applique quilt and did a blanket stitch. I think next time I will do it by hand to see which I like best.

  48. I try to do needleturn applique as I love the soft look although hand sewn buttonhole applique can be equally attractive. Applique with stitchery gives me the look I love

  49. I have done so much needle-turn applique; would love to do a better job with machine applique–I think I need a class for tips!! Love your fabric choices and thanks so much for this opportunity!

  50. I did a pattern by Quilt And a Prayer before used steam a seam and used the bottom hole stitch from my machine

  51. My favorite applique method is needle turned applique. I know it takes longer than machine applique, but it is very calming and soothing to my soul. Sometimes it is very hard to explain to others how much I enjoy this way of applique.

  52. I do machine applique on my sewing machine and my embroidery machines! I just love your block sew sew sweet!! Thank you for the inspiration and the giveaway!

  53. I have done a little applique but it doesn’t come out as nice as yours!! And that is a very cool trick for that block. I had downloaded her instructions today without taking a look at them. I went back after reading your post. Very nifty trick!

  54. I love backbasting. It is my favorite method of applique. Also called template free. Thank you for the chance to win the patterns!

  55. I just purchased my very first book on learning to applique’ with simple terms, Giving it a go with a “window” method and I have no fancy model machine to give me lots of options, so I will be hand applying for now.

  56. thank you for the blocks and all the information you send my way. I mostly applique on my sewing machine. I luv crazy quilting and the old patterns but I have made so many I can’t remember how many. Quilting is my favorite thing to do. I am not a hand Quilter , but my Daughter -in-law is so we trade things around so no Money changes hands. What a deal eh? Have a Blessed Day. Mary Lou

  57. I haven’t appliqued anything yet. I’m a new quilter so I have a lot to learn. Applique is a technique I’m anxious to learn. When I look at your blocks, and the colors are gorgeous, I hope mine will turn out as beautiful.

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  58. I have done appliciques with just a basic blanket stitch. I love the look of yours with the zigzag in the tea bag!

  59. Your fabric choices are so cute! I have done many different types of applique! I like the fusible web type on the machine best.

  60. I love to applique, and my usual method is raw edge with a blanket stitch on the outside. I like the country styled quilts so applique seems to fit in well with that.

  61. Love your blocks. I have a stack of about 30 12 in blocks that I’m going to put into a couple quilts one of these days. I hand applique while watching TV.

  62. What lovely colors you have selected. Your blocks are gorgeous. I have done hand appliqué before but not on the machine. I am storing these away… maybe they will become the take with project for September!

  63. Applique by fusible web is the only technique I’ve used. I finish the edges with a sating stitch, usually. My guild had a teaching “roundtable” once and I tried hand turned applique but my eyesight prevented me from stitching accurately. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

  64. Love your blocks! I’ve been doing applique for quite a long time. I made a baby quilt with appliqués bears and moons for a 32 year old when she was a baby!

  65. Beautiful fabrics and beautiful work. I just recently began working with applique and really enjoy the machine applique. It is really helping to improve my skills…not that there’s much skill right now…but someday!

  66. Hi Julie,

    I learned how to appliqué from you few years ago at the Granery, it’s called ‘Oopsie Daisy’. You helped me picked the fabrics; it is still one my favorite quilts. I am also trying to do better with ‘turned edge applique’ as well as hand appliqué but fusible method is my favorite.

    Thank you, Ruth

  67. I have tried both hand and machine applique… true preference is blanket stitching by machine. But I do love the stain stich look on your finished blocks, and I have done some machine raw edge applique as well. I love the color palette of your blocks!

  68. I have done lots of applique, by hand and machine. It is my favorite method of making a quilt..recently I have done my first wool applique and love it!

  69. Hi Julie,
    This is so cute. Love your fabrics and your applique work is so nice. Great job. Can’t wait to see the finished product….

  70. Hi Julie
    Love your blocks. My preferred appliqué method is raw edge, and of course everything I know about appliqué I have learned from you!

  71. I have appliqued before, both by machine and by hand. I can control my stitches much better by hand. I use the freezer paper method the most but also work in wool so I use Steam a Seam II Lite and like that better than anything. I need to practice machine applique more. Your stitching is beautiful. Thanks.

  72. I just love the fabrics you are using. Great zigzag on your appliques. I’ve done applique (by hand) only once before about a year ago. It was (to me) a lot of work and I’ve been reluctant to try it again, but I’m sure I’ll jump in again soon enough 😉

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